Thursday, November 29, 2018

Brooksby, 18, advances to semis in $25,000 Waco

Jenson (J.T.) Brooksby practices at the JMG Tennis Academy
in Sacramento in May. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Jenson (J.T.) Brooksby reached his first semifinal in a professional tournament today.
   The 18-year-old amateur and wild card from Carmichael in the Sacramento area beat unseeded American Nick Chappell 6-2, 6-4 in the $25,000 Waco (Texas) Futures.
   Chappell, 26, starred at Texas Christian, and Brooksby plans to play at the Fort Worth school.
   Brooksby, who won the USTA boys 18 national championship in August, is scheduled to face unseeded Maxime Cressy of France on Friday. Cressy, a 6-foot-7 (2.01-meter) senior at UCLA, topped former Bruins teammate Martin Redlicki, seeded seventh, 6-4, 6-4.
   The 6-foot-1 (1.85-meter) Brooksby ousted Redlicki's 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) brother, top-seeded Michael, in the second round.
   Eddie Herr -- Top-seeded Rudy Quan of Roseville in the Sacramento region breezed past eighth-seeded Thomas Faurel of Aliso Viejo in Southern California 6-2, 6-1 in the boys 12 quarterfinals at the Eddie Herr International Junior Championship in Bradenton, Fla.
   Quan, ranked first nationally in the 12s, has lost only seven games in his four tournament matches. He is the last remaining Northern Californian in singles in any age group.
   Two San Jose players lost in the third round. Unseeded Hugo Hashimoto fell to Arda Azkara of Turkey 7-5, 0-6, 6-2 in the boys 16s. Seventh-seeded Vivian Ovrootsky, who won the 14s last year, bowed out to 11th-seeded Abigail Rencheli of Sarasota, Fla., 6-4, 6-3.
   Second-seeded Jack Anthrop of Orlando, Fla., and Max Fardanesh of Albany in the San Francisco Bay Area moved into the boys 16 doubles semifinals with sixth-seeded Hashimoto and Benjamin Kittay of Potomac, Md. The teams could meet in the final.
   Top-seeded Quan and Andrew Rundle of Simpsonville, S.C., advanced to the boys 12 doubles quarterfinals. 

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